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Opposition claiming election victory in Guyana


Opposition claiming election victory in Guyana

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) – The main opposition coalition alliance Tuesday claimed victory in the general election even though the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is yet to make an official statement on the results regarding Monday’s poll.

David Granger, the presidential candidate of the alliance, which comprises A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance for Change (AFC), told a news conference the coalition had been tabulating the statements of polls coming into its headquarters and the results show the party had made some inroads into traditional strongholds of the ruling People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) which is seeking to extend its 22 year hold on power.

“At the present time with 2 025 statement of polls counted or 88 per cent, the APNU + AFC has 182 176 votes while the PPP/C has 157 947, a variance of 24 229 votes,” Granger, a retired army Brigadier, told reporters.

“The APNU+AFC Coalition therefore after careful examination of the results can be seen to have a commanding lead in the polls. APNU+AFC continues to urge its supporters to remain calm as the official announcement of the results of the elections is awaited,” Granger added.

While eight political parties contested the regional and general elections on Monday, the race is between the ruling People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and the coalition alliance.

Both parties have issued statements Tuesday indicating that they were ahead in the election race even as GECOM said it was the only body responsible for authorising the release of official results.

GECOM Chairman Dr Steve Surujbally had also called on the political parties to ensure that their supporters maintain “peace and tranquillity” as they await the official results.

Granger told reporters that the party was not being irresponsible in declaring itself ahead of the ruling party because the figures are contained in the statements of polls posted at each of the polling stations declared so far.

“We think it is prudent to make an announcement with the figures available to us to assure the public that the results are being tabulated and they are entitled to know what is happening.

“You cannot keep them in an information void for two days. In most jurisdictions in the Western Hemisphere, people know within hours what the outcomes are and we owe it to our public,” Granger said, adding in our country we have a system in which statements of poll have to be published at each polling station after ballots are counted so in any event this information is known.

“It is not secretive information that is possessed by GECOM. Information known because the law requires the publication at the polling station once the counting is done,” he said.

Granger said that the coalition alliance has “no interest whatsoever in any disorder or disobedience of law.

“We have run a clean campaign, we avoided abuse, we avoided the misuse of state resources and we are keen to obey the code of political conduct which we signed,” he said accusing the PP/C of breaking the code.